Date and time

Wednesday, 30 November 2022
12pm to 2:30pm (AEDT)


The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay TAS 7005, Australia
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The RA annual lunch is one of the highlights of the calendar year. Each year we host our flagship annual lunches in all capital cities. 

Our Speaker 
The Hon. Michael Ferguson MP, Deputy Premier Treasurer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister for Planning 

Michael entered political life determined to make a real difference and improve the lives of Tasmanians. His vision is “for Tasmanians to be the happiest people, enjoying the best quality of life in Australia”. Everything he has done in public life whether in local, state or federal levels of government is so local families can get ahead and plan their future with confidence.

Michael grew up, studied and married in Northern Tasmania. As a youth he displayed a passion for community work and charitable causes. He achieved two degrees at UTAS, a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Applied Science, developed new interests in youth work, radio and politics, and stated his on business before working as a high school teacher in 1996.

Michael taught maths, science and IT at state secondary school and is very thankful to have worked with so many wonderful students and fellow teachers. His continued commitment to many community organisations, especially those serving young people, led to Michael being named Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year for 2002 by the National Australian Day committee. That was also the year Michael was elected to the Meander Valley Council.

From 2004 to 2007 he served as Federal Member for Bass. In that role he worked on a number of parliamentary and policy committees, secured record funding for health, road, infrastructure and education facilities, and helped improve shipping between Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. Michael proudly served the Clifford Craig Foundation as CEO, advancing its mission for world-class medical research in Northern Tasmania and encouraging more specialists to the LGH.

In 2010 he was elected as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament and served as a Shadow Minister for four years. He was returned in 2014, 2018 and 2021.

Michael strongly believes in the time-honoured values of hard work, self-discipline and personal integrity all underpinned by his Christian faith.

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Dress code: Business attire

Dietaries: Please inform of any dietary requirements 2 weeks prior to the event

Please ensure you make your booking using the appropriate rate. Bookings from non-member companies that book at a member rate will be contacted and asked to rebook at the correct price. If you are unsure of your organisation's membership status with RA, please contact

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Refund policy

Cancellations should be notified in writing by email. Cancellations received prior to one week before the event will receive a full refund less 25%. No refund will be applicable for cancellations received after one week prior to the event although substitute delegates are welcomed